Sunday, December 30, 2007

DX Test: Ontario

Saul Chernos has announced a DX Test at CFFX-960 Kingston, Ontario for the early morning of January 15th:

I haven't been able to reach Jim Pogue of the BCB DX test committee - his
voicemail box is full and he hasn't answered my e-mails. He's normally very
responsive and great to deal with, so he may be away for the holidays. In
the meantime, I have news about a DX test I would normally have asked him to
announce, but time is getting very tight, so I have decided to issue the
test notification directly. Please feel free to forward this far and wide,
and to print in any paper, audio or electronic DX bulletins. - Saul Chernos

DX TEST -- 960 CFFX ON Kingston

TIME: Early morning of Tuesday January 15 (Monday night).

MODE OF OPERATION: CFFX will test using its 10,000-watt daytime directional

PROGRAMMING: Regular adult contemporary programming. Special test material
will consists of three hourly voice announcements followed by special test
material lasting several minutes. These will air roughly at the top of the
hour, at approximately 0000, 0100 and 0200 EST, give or take a few minutes
depending on the program log.

CONTEXT: CFFX is completing its move to 104.3 on the FM band this morning,
and 960 is scheduled to sign off for goood at 0600 EST. As part of the
transition, the AM has simulcast the FM for the past three months. This test
marks the final phase of the transition, and the test content will also air
on 104.3. This is your last chance to log CFFX on 960, so if it takes two
alarm clocks to wake you, well, you've been warned!

We will issue QSLs, but I am not yet 100 percent sure who will handle the
reports. Either the station, or me, or both of us. Regardless, we will
definitely want audio recordings if at all possible, and we want reports
sent via e-mail if at all possible. Snail-mail reports only when accompanied
by SASE will be acknowledged. The QSL will be the same, regardless. We'll
update the QSL situation soon.

Saul Chernos

The NRC AM mailing list


Anonymous said...

In Canada there have been several AM stations that have, or will be, shutting down their AM operations in favor of using a lower powered FM operation.

Doug Smith said...

I would suggest three reasons:

- The power may be lower, but the station's useful coverage will be greater. Especially inside office buildings (and homes) where computer noise is a much bigger problem for AM than for FM.

- Younger listeners simply don't expect to find anything interesting on AM, and never bother to listen.

- FM stations can operate from a single tower (and can share a tower with other FM stations). Most AM operations require multiple towers - which can be difficult to justify as the cities grow out towards where the towers are and the land value skyrockets.

And in Canada, they can - there are frequencies available. U.S. stations would do the same thing if there were FM frequencies available - there aren't.